• Jo Appleford-Cook

National Garden Scheme

History has been made - just not the history we would have chosen. For the first time in the 93 year history of the National Garden Scheme, we have had to close all our gardens to the general public. Even during World War II some gardens managed to stay open. Even up to last weekend, we still hoped that some of our gardens would be open, albeit with no tea and cake and admission by donation - left at the entrance. This situation will have a devastating effect on all the charities we support, but despite the current crisis National Garden Scheme Trustees are still able to commit in excess of £1 million to its beneficiary charities and to 44 community garden projects throughout England and Wales this year.

You may find that you now have a bit more time on your hands than normal. If you have access to the internet why not visit the NGS website (ngs.org.uk) to see some of the amazing stories people have been telling us - some people who have benefitted, health wise, from opening their gardens for the NGS. One such story caught my eye recently and you can read it under the Menu “Gardens & Health”, then “Gardens & Health Stories”. This particular story is under the title ‘More than a hobby,...’. Joe suffers from PTSD - by no means an uncommon condition these days. See what the garden has done for him. Through our donations to MIND we are helping many more people with mental health problems. That is why the NGS has set up a ‘JustGiving’ page: https://www.justgiving.com/ngs. It is amazing the number of people who have already made a donation, many in memory of a loved one, whose passion in life was their garden. Whatever the reason - any donation is gratefully received.

Keep well, keep safe, until next time...

Pat Beagley National Garden Scheme - Hampshire